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RFS bursary winners head for Kenya and Costa Rica
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Two UK forestry experts are flying out this spring – one to research the integration of forestry and conservation in a tropical rain forest and the other to investigate the colonial history of forestry in Kenya – thanks to the help of RFS Randle Travel Bursaries.

An RFS bursary will help Deborah Elton join the RFS Costa Rica Study Tour

Deborah Elton from Ashburton in Devon is a Local Partnership Adviser for the Forestry Commission in South West England. Her bursary is helping towards the costs of joining the RFS Costa Rica Study Tour to understand forest conservation and management in Costa Rica, to meet with key agencies, and to witness the collaborations with the private sector and the innovative approaches to forest ecosystem management.

She hopes to be able to use some of her experiences to further her work in the South West.

Ben Fanstone (picutred below) from Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire, is using his bursary towards the costs of PhD research – a historical investigation of forestry in Kenya during the colonial period – and will be looking at the differing, and often competing, visions of what constituted a useful and valuable forest within a colony of the British Empire.

Photo of Ben Fanstone

RFS Development Director Simon Lloyd said: “We wish them both well in their studies. Deborah and Ben will both be submitting articles for our Quarterly Journal of Forestry based on their research, and we look forward to benefitting from their insights.”

The Randle Travel Fund awards bursaries every year, through the generosity of Donald Randle, to help towards the costs of independent overseas  travel to study forestry and woodlands. It is one of a number of bursaries offered by the RFS.